Thank you to Betty Crocker for sponsoring today’s post and helping me and my kids Spread Cheer this season to the wonderful teachers at their schools!
We LOVE baking special treats in our home, and sharing them with others. This past week, both schools had Parent-Teacher Meeting days, and the PTO of each school organized dinners for the teachers, since they had to be there until it was practically bedtime. All three of my boys enjoy helping me in the kitchen, and since these treats were going to their teachers, I asked them to help me bake up some yummy treats.
We visited the Betty Crocker Website to print out a fantastic coupon to save on our purchase, and then made a shopping list for the ingredients we needed to buy. We went to our local Walmart SuperCenter, and located the 20% more Bonus Size Packages of Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, and purchased Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Sugar Cookies. We found some adorable cellophane bags and ribbon that we could use to package the cookies, to make it easy for each teacher to grab a bag on their way back to the classrooms for meetings. Continue reading
I am excited to share some of my Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Tips, to hopefully help you prepare for the meal with less stress 🙂
Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Tips
Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner can be quite a job, depending on the number of people you are serving, and the quantity of food needed. Historically, I have loved preparing this meal for a large crowd, and cook over the course of a few days in preparation. Currently we don’t live within driving distance of the friends and family we shared this special meal with, but my family still likes to have their favorite items, just on a smaller scale. My boys are tween/teenagers, and small for their age, even though they eat vast quantities of food. Preparing this much food gives us leftovers for a day or so, and allows the boys to eat to their hearts content (and hopefully they gain a few pounds in the process!). Below the menu, I have included a list of tools I use, and links to find them online, if available. I hope this makes your own meal preparation a bit easier and less stressful. If someone needs a shopping list, I am happy to type that up for you as well, just let me know the menu items you want to make, and I’ll try to help you out. Continue reading
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My middle son, Joshua, had a basketball game Saturday morning, and when he was done, we had the grand idea to go shopping. Now, we really, really dislike shopping in crowds. I often make an exception for a sensational deal on Black Friday, but my personal preference is to shop from the comfort of my heated home! We’ve seen some sneak previews to know that some items on wishlists will be on sale on Cyber Monday, but they were items that we needed to see in person before committing to a purchase, so we’d know whether or not it was the exact item the recipient was looking for. So, we set out on our scouting trip.
The first thing we noticed was the traffic. OH MY WORD, the traffic! We were in a toy store, that has very narrow aisles, barely wide enough for a single shopping cart to pass a person standing in the aisle, when a lady with a cart told my son she wished her cart had horns so she could ram all the people out of her way! His eyes got big, and I calmly managed to let her know that was not appropriate to say to an 8 year old child! It made me really ready for the Cyber Monday Sales so I don’t have to go back into the physical store to get the items needed 🙂 P.S. if you click that link and search for Toys R Us, there will be a sale/coupon coming soon! Don’t forget to check their page for the hottest holiday sales coupon codes before you check out at any online site!!!!!
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Bullying is a topic that I think most people are aware of in this day and age, yet it is still happening to kids on a daily basis. It is important to teach and role play scenarios with your kids so they know how to handle difficult situations. They need to know what to do if THEY are being bullied, if a FRIEND or another child is being bullied, and what to do if one of their friends IS the bully. My kids know that this is something I won’t tolerate. If I see this happening to anyone, I will speak up and put a stop to it. They also know that there will be serious consequences if I hear that they are being a bully to someone else. My kids are involved in sports, and I often hear other parents remark that their child would never be mean to another child, and it’s usually when their child IS being mean to another child. We all have to know our kids and their personalities, and have an open mind when others suggest they might be doing something wrong. We have an obligation to investigate the truth, and if we find our child is in the wrong, we need to help them make the situation right. My children know that I will always defend and protect them (they’ve seen me do it) and they also know that they will be punished if they are out of line. My motto is, “Be Kind To Others” because you can rarely go wrong when showing someone kindness.
This post brought to you by Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.
Fall is rapidly approaching, and with that comes nights full of homework and soccer practice. I try to use my slow cooker as often as possible on busy nights, but sometimes my days are busy too and I don’t get around to getting the food into the slow cooker so I can be cooking away. For days like those, I try to keep a few staples in my pantry for quick and easy meals. Manwich is one of those staples.
When SocialSpark contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to participatein a campaign for Manwich, of course I said yes, because it’s a product I purchase and use regularly. They sent me the three cans pictured above, in the flavors: Original, Bold, and Thick & Chunky. One can was a little dented after shipping, but it was fine. I love that I can just put some ground beef in a skillet and brown it, stir in a can of Manwich, and then place it on some buns with cheese. We do try to include a green vegetable at every meal, however, the night we had these was a rare exception. Dad had a work dinner and the kids had been begging for mashed potatoes and mac & cheese, so I allowed them to skip the green veggie on this night.
Which flavor of Manwich does your family like the best? Mine loved them all, but voted Thick and Chunky as the favorite.
Here are some Manwich Recipes for you to enjoy, and for your viewing pleasure, some Manwich TV Ads!
It occurred to me yesterday that I have completely forgotten to share with you where we are in our weekly Seafood Challenge Meals. If you recall from Week 1: What Toppings do You Prefer on a Fish Sandwich, this is part of a promotion on the Gorton’s Seafood Website and Facebook page. This is NOT a sponsored or endorsed post, but I am participating each day and uploading pictures in addition to entering to win. I thought some of you might be going meatless on Friday’s throughout Lent, eating Fish on Friday, etc and be interested in entering too. I always say if I can’t be the winner, I’d love for it to be someone I *know* 🙂 Not to mention, eating seafood twice a week is a doctor’s recommendation for some members of my house – not me, I am of course, allergic to oh so many things, I eat Chicken when I feed the guys fish. Continue reading
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I don’t know about y’all, but I am finding myself busier and busier, and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done! Since we’ve just moved to New England, and have never experienced winter up here, I have to admit, I am a bit intimidated by all of the winter weather stories I am hearing from various people. FEET of snow! I’ve only ever seen a few inches. I don’t know how in the world I am going to drive around to do my errands. Everyone says that the streets are plowed and perfectly safe to drive on, but I’m from the South – I can’t comprehend this 🙂 I’ve been looking around for a few online delivery options, and mygofer.com looks very promising.
This is a service where you can shop and order items online, and have grocery delivery right to your home – they even offer FREE shipping on orders over $49 and they work in conjunction with the Shop Your Way Rewards program, as well as many other savings options. In some cases, you can get same day delivery as late as 9pm – which should fit almost anyone’s schedule! You can schedule orders for pickup too at local Kmart stores, with curbside pickup, which is FREE. How wonderful that you wouldn’t have to get the kids out of the car in inclement weather! I am planning to try this service out for myself next week, with the curbside pickup, because I will be near my local Kmart anyway taking both pets to the vet. I was worried that I’d have to make a second trip across town because I don’t want to leave them in the car while I shop, but this is a perfect solution for me. Continue reading
Kitchen Cheat Sheet
As I was browsing the internet today, I came across this great Kitchen Cheat Sheet infographic. I was going to bookmark it as a reference for myself, then I thought perhaps y’all might enjoy it too! It had a button to get the code to embed it, so here it is. Hope it’s as helpful to you as I know it will be to me! Continue reading